I picked up Speed Racer two weeks ago, and it sat in front of the TV; this evening I picked up Iron Man because I knew it would be good.
I was not disappointed; IM ruled. Robert Downey Jr seemed an unlikely choice to play Tony Stark, but the casting worked well. The makeup people successfully managed to make Gwyneth Paltrow not look quite like Gwyneth Paltrow, so I had to check the credits to see who played Pepper Potts. Story? Awesome.
SR was good, though the overprocessed, cartoony look took a bit of getting used to after IM. Everything was played almost perfectly, with a few minor exceptions. I really enjoyed the movie.
Exceptions? For one thing, Inspector Detector needed to have a crazy curled beard. They got his appearance almost right, but the beard was wrong. I noticed that one of the race announcers looked like a real-world version of the anime guys, which was cool, but Trixie's hair was a bit too short and should have been a bit longer.
On the plus side, the guy who was playing Racer X somehow got the freaking voice exactly right. In one scene, John Goodman walked out just like Pops did in the anime. The movie was full of little bits and pieces that were dead on perfect.
The shot at about 1:21 where Trixie comes jiggling out of her bedroom did not hurt. In fact there should have been more of that. Cristina Ricci jumps around quite a bit in this movie yet we see very little of her legendary bosom obeying the laws of physics.
Overall I think both movies were entertaining and worth the cost of ownership.
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Vista keeps trying to cut down my menu bar to "recently used" programs, and I have no idea how to make it stop "helping". Argh.
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Essential technology dept: where can I get me an arc reactor? Just a little one, like Stark's prototype, would do. Three gigajoules would be splendid.
3Gj is a bit less than 1,200 horsepower-hours: that's 1,200 horsepower for one hour, or less for a longer period. Or more for a shorter period. That being the case, I can say with authority that the original suit required 4,800 horsepower to operate--3Gj expended in the course of 15 minutes. Yikes. (It works out to about 833.3 kilowatt-hours, which is enough to light 8,333 100-watt light bulbs for one hour.)
A power source like that would make electric cars practical and utterly independent of any kind of fuel. It's a shame that it's comic book science....